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  1. Meet Veronica, a 1969 1600 Cabriolet which was restored in Japan in the 1980s. The seller imported it the US 30 years ago and spent its US life in a garage in Blue Hill Maine. Mario Langsten of Vintage Sports & Restoration brought this to my attention this past July. Finalized the deal Friday September 13, 2019. There is a short to do list to make her safe and reliable for us to enjoy this fall.
  2. Veronika has been getting a lot of love at the VSR Spa. Photos courtesy of Chris Langsten. Photo work list: Modified Wiper Motor Cover. New Side Hood Seals. Top Perimeter Snap Strips restored and installed. All trunk Panels recovered in Elephant Skin. New Chrome Dash Trims installed. Now those are a big WOW factor! The To Do List is getting shorter! Hoping restored seats return from the upholstery shop the week after next.
  3. Drove Vern to Vintage Sports & Restoration for a couple of little jobs. Picked up Veronika after extensive reconditioning over the Winter. Drove Veronika back home. Vern is solid, sure footed, fast & quiet. Veronika is light, airy, slower & loud! Both are a blast to drive.
  4. Removed, dismantled, cleaned, taped, painted, untaped, cleaned some more, reassembled & reinstalled the instrument cluster. It's a huge improvement, the glass was filthy. Used Dupli-Color Chrome, it's a bright silver, not like the original shiny chromed plastic.
  5. Success with very little cussing. The push buttons unscrew. Due to the spring tension & the old button was very damaged, I used my medium size adjustable “channel lock” pliers. There is a mailable washer behind the button, I replaced this with a thin metal washer that covered the end of the spring coil. This keeps the button from twisting the spring when threading the new button on the rod. There’s no need to remove the emergency brake lever or the rubber grip.
  6. Replaced the door handle gaskets which were mostly missing. In the process I cleaned the old wax stuck under the old ones and cleaned the greasy gunk from outside of the door handles. The driver side door card didn't want to release at the top, took some prying and was successful. Driver side was easy to replace the gaskets. Passenger side door card was easy to remove the but the 10 mm handle bolt was the most difficult part. The next & ultimately last 2 projects are replacing the door gaskets and fine tuning the doors & windows to the gaskets and the new top.
  7. Before & after Eibach progressive rate front springs requiring a fresh wheel alignment completed May 7th. The combination of the front Tii anti-sway bar and the Eibach springs have transformed the car's handling. These changes have made her feel more solid & less vague while keeping the steering light.
  8. As Many of you know we live in a beautiful area of Maine with picturesque vistas and excellent locations. Across the street is lovely Thomas Point Beach, 85 manicured acres on the New Meadows River. I shot Vern here in the Fall of 2010 and still use those photos. The other great locations are down Route 24 to Great Island, Orrs Island & Bailey Island. it's 17 miles of quintessential Maine with the only Cribstone Bridge in the US. It's a latticework of granite blocks to allow free flow of the tides. Here are a few of the photos from Saturday May 2 & Sunday the 3rd.


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